|Minnesota senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar|
Next month, a constitutional amendment
that would allow states and the federal government to put caps on corporate campaign donations is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate. It has the support of both Al Franken
and was hailed by Amy Klobuchar
earlier this summer as a way "to restore the right of individual Americans to have their voices heard" over special interests.
If approved, it would overturn the precedents set by two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions -- Citizens United v. F.E.C.
and McCutcheon v. F.E.C.
-- that allow corporations to spend a limitless amounts of cash to get pols elected. But by all accounts, the Senate amendment -- and its companion in the House
-- is also, at least for now, a hopeless cause.
Lawmakers wanted to reform campaign finance laws this year. So what happened?